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Filmmakers Under The Influence:
International Cinema in the Tradition of Alfred Hitchcock
Shelly Isaacs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Undoubtedly and uncontestably considered “The Master,” Alfred Hitchcock’s influence has continued to inspire directors the world over. These eight film selections bear witness to his unequaled legacy as a storyteller and cinematic craftsman.

1. Phoenix - Germany, 2015 - A disfigured Holocaust survivor undergoes plastic surgery and sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust. Without revealing herself, she becomes a pawn in a scheme to get her money.
2. Tell No One - France, 2006 - A doctor misses the wife who was murdered eight years prior when he was considered the prime suspect. Two recent murders in the same spot point to him again and he receives a message that his wife is alive.
3. About Elly - Iran, 2009 - A group of urban families travel for a short vacation to the seashore and take along a kindergarten teacher. She mysteriously disappears, leaving the couples to discover what really happened.
4. The Trap - Serbia, 2007 - In post Milosevic Serbia, an ordinary man's son is in need of a lifesaving operation. He answers an ad that thrusts him into an existential nightmare, where human life is worth little, and a normal life may be unreachable.
5. The Aura - Argentina, 2005 - A taxidermist dreams of committing the perfect crime, never intending to actually do it. Then a hunting trip changes everything.
6. Read My Lips - France, 2001 - Carla is frustrated by her hearing deficiency, feeling it is holding back her career. Then she meets Paul, an ex-con who sees her special talent as a way to make the big score.
7. Julieta - Spain, 2016 - A casual encounter with her estranged daughter's friend, forces a woman to re-evaluate her life to figure out where it all went wrong.
8. Mississippi Mermaid - France ,1969 - Francois Truffaut's film of passion, betrayal and deception, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve is a classic homage to "The Master" himself.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available throughout South Florida. Since 2000, he has curated and hosted programs in theaters, libraries, museums and other universities in Miami, Aventura, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Previously, he enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 35 years, specializing in Feature Film, TV and Radio promotion. Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies. Since 2009, Shelly has expanded internationally, presenting his programs on cruises throughout the world.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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